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Player Of The Month - October 2016

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Two wins, two draws, two losses in October - who stood out for you?

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In alphabetical order...

Ali Al Habsi

Average rating: 6.5 (six starts); Man of the Match wins: 1st (Forest H), 1st (Arsenal A), 1st (Rotherham A)

Player of the season last year, the Omani goalkeeper has kept up his tremendous form this campaign, and October showed him at his sensational best. Only two clean sheets for the Royals in six matches last month, but Al Habsi was key for both, taking home our Man of the Match awards for the wins against Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United. His shot-stopping is exceptional and the errors are becoming far less frequent. Al Habsi is arguably in the form of his life right now.

George Evans

Average rating: 6.4 (four starts, two sub appearances); Man of the Match wins: 1st (Derby H), 2nd (Villa H), 3rd (QPR A)

A slow start to his Reading career after arriving in January but Evans had his best month so far in October, as he continues to grow in the Jaap Stam system. Opened his goalscoring account with a close range effort to salvage a point at home to Derby County, but he also showed his class in matches against QPR and Aston Villa. Evans is still only 21 and has plenty of room to grow in this team - October was a demonstration of just how good he can be.

Garath McCleary

Average rating: 6.2 (six starts); Man of the Match wins: 1st (Villa H), 2nd (Forest H), 2nd (QPR A)

The Jamaican is getting back to his best after a couple of sub-par, injury hit seasons, and in October he demonstrated just why he's so feared around the league. A goal and an assist in the 2-0 win at home to Forest, he also set up Danny Williams' equaliser in the draw at QPR and was fouled for a penalty in the home defeat to Aston Villa, a game where he also won your Man of the Match award. McCleary is back on form, and there's little better to watch in football than a flying winger.

Those are your three nominees - we'll announce the winner very soon...

Previous Winners:

September 2016: Liam Moore (51%)

August 2016: John Swift (78%)

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